25-year-old Delta Maid may be a Liverpudlian but her vocal tones float as though from further ashore. Descendents of Delta were seafarers. Her great grandfather was a stoker and used to shovel coal onboard vessels as they travelled the world. One of the perks of this gruelling job was that he visited New York on many occasions and brought back with him old records, which would impart innovative sounds upon his return, long before the days of musical accessibility and downloading. This musical inquisitiveness has seemingly been handed down as an air-loom.
Elsewhere in the immediate family support has come from Delta’s brother who encouraged an early start with the guitar. He has now gone on to provide lead-guitar for the majority of the upcoming album. Parental influences from an extensive record collection also impacted Delta’s perception of the way she could create music for herself. Rory Block in particular struck a chord with Delta, who then became self taught in Delta Blues players.
Things could have been very different for Delta, who upon graduating decided to look into a career as a vascular scientist, believing her dream to sing as being too far fetched. Now however she is about to support Gary Barlow at his GB 40 charity event and has also been tour support for fellow Liverpudlian’s The Coral. Her debut single Of My Own is due out on 18 April and her album, Outside Looking In is also set for the following month. In the meantime here’s a free album track to keep you going.
Words: Simon Butcher
Thurs 20th LONDON, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, GB40
Tue 1st LONDON, Wheelbarrow
Tue 8th LONDON, Wheelbarrow
Fri 11th LONDON, Barfly Tue 15th LONDON, Wheelbarrow
Tue 22nd LONDON, Wheelbarrow